Launceston Castle - English Heritage

An exterior view of Launceston Castle

Set on a large natural mound, Launceston Castle dominates the surrounding landscape. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest, its focus is an unusual keep consisting of a 13th-century round tower built by Richard Earl of Cornwall, inside an earlier circular shell-keep. The tower top is now reached via a dark internal staircase.

The castle long remained a prison and George Fox, founder of the Quakers, suffered harsh confinement here in 1656. A display traces 1,000 years of history, with finds from site excavations.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

1-30 Sep 10am-5pm daily / 1Oct - 1 Nov 10am-4pm daily / Closed 2 Nov-31 Mar

Admission charges



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Did Dragons Live in Castles? Discovery Visit

Explore the castle's kitchen, keep and guard's tower to discover what it would have been like to live here in the past. Through simple role-play and artefact handling find out if dragons really did live in castles or if knights chased them all away.
Duration: 1 hour
Key Stage: 1, History, Drama, Literacy

How to obtain

Call 0117 975 0720 to arrange a 1 hour session, held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during term time. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit for more information.

Launceston Castle - English Heritage
PL15 7DR



01566 772365

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